International study visit enriches Welsh reform agenda

Teachers from across South Wales were given a unique insight into Dutch education during an international study visit to the Netherlands. A five-day trip included a tour around three schools, a meeting with the VO-raad coalition of school governors, and a policy briefing from advisors to the Minister of Education in The Hague. The delegation…

Yr Athrofa celebrates education rankings rise

Yr Athrofa, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s Institute of Education, has moved further up a respected league table. The Guardian University Guide ranked Yr Athrofa 43rd in the UK – a rise of seven places from rankings published in 2018. Yr Athrofa was ranked 76 in the UK shortly after its launch in 2016. Programmes…

Aiming for Excellence – Graham Donaldson returns for seventh annual student-teacher conference

One of the leading figures in Welsh education was invited to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David to inspire the next generation of teachers.  Education expert and author of the Welsh Government’s ‘Successful Futures’ report, Professor Graham Donaldson, addressed more than 600 future and practising teachers at Yr Athrofa, UWTSD’s Institute of Education. Professor Donaldson…

Register now for free summer conference on equity in schools

A free half-day conference focussing on equity in schools is being held next month at Yr Athrofa’s new waterfront campus. Aimed at educational leaders, regional consortia and professionals with an interest in supporting equity within school contexts, the event will explore key themes related to promoting educational equity. A series of stand-out keynote speakers include…

A rising tide lifts all boats

As the development of Wales’ new national curriculum reaches an important milestone, Elaine Sharpling calls on stakeholders to grasp the opportunity to both raise standards and address the attainment gap…   In eager anticipation, those of us working in education in Wales await the launch of the curriculum later this month. Whatever the documentation looks like –…